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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Let's not lose our fabulous fashion flick

The definition of my fabulous fashion 'flick' is being the art of turning a page on a printed fashion magazine. 

Everyone has a flick, it seems a natural habit we all form; some of us flick from the back, some start from the front and some people (yes this is true) lick their thumb before every flick! We all have our own style.

When I was younger, I always wanted to buy Vogue each month, but what I earned back then and what I was prepared to spend my money on is very different today. However once I got to 15, I started working in a newsagents and was lucky to read any magazines I wished, without buying them. Although you would have thought I would have contributed just to avoid the tedious task each month of 'sale or return'!

About three years ago I was given a Kindle for Christmas; I was dead excited it meant I could carry a million books around with me, all the time, I even invested in stylish cover to make it look fabulous.  Well apart from the one beach holiday I took that year, it never left the house!  

The following year as I was about to head off on yet another beach holiday (your getting the picture now, this was really the only use for this device) it stopped working; I ended up buying the book I was so desperate to read at the airport.  

I did wonder, mad as this sounds, but did it stop working because of the lack of use?!  A fate my replacement Kindle may face too, sadly.  I love printed books, there I've said it.  I do.

So why am I mentioning the flick, well I'm worried this art is going to be lost, yes lost! I've just finished reading a great (hardcopy) book, ideal for anyone who is fascinated with the world of fashion journalism, fashion events and the photo shoots that go with it all. Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman is a diary of her year covering the 100th edition








And one of the key messages I took from her book is that she too is worried that in a few years there may not be printed magazines.  Without people investing in print, it may not bring in enough revenue to create the fashion fantasies we've come to know with Vogue. 

I know we all have our own favourite magazines, mine for instance in Hello Fashion - it's a great wind-down and a fun distractor when you just want some chill time. But if you don't invest in them, every month, then they may not be there for the long-term.

But Vogue is iconic; the majority of the fashion events I go to and exhibitions are all linked back to Vogue one way or another, it's part of our British fashion heritage.  And so I've subscribed.  

Subscriptions make a great present too for someone; it's basically the gift that keeps on giving every month for which the recipient will always be thinking of you as they are ripping off the cellophane hoping that this month is the one with the free gift ;)

So let's not lose our fabulous fashion flick! For Vogue it's only £19.99.











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Friday, 6 January 2017

Let's chat... Dress down days



Now I'm not talking here about dress-down Friday work days, because lets be honest that just ends up being smart-casual unless you don't care about your career prospects!

I'm talking 'chore days', you know those days where you have a long list of to do's that can't wait any longer that you simply hate giving up any of your golden free time to do it! Those kind of days do not require the navy suit jacket with blue jeans or any high-heel at all!

I'm talking; no washing hair, trainers only, leggings with the biggest, most baggiest jumper you have. And let's just top that off with a weekend jacket, scarf and big bobble hat - you now know where I am at! (ha ha)

I think this, and only this, is what I love about winter days. Layers and warm baggy clothing to cover up any post-Christmas holiday indulgences, giving you a few weeks to get yourself back on track for Spring collection!

Baggy sadly is not best for my body shape, I'm hour-glass and therefore suppose to belt everything in at the waist - but winter dress down to me is 'a la Helena Bonham Carter', love her and I love her street style.



Daily Mail Online

Just recently I've had numerous dress down days, with lots going on to get my house back in order after the renovations we've had at home, plus lots of dog-walking by Bichonpoo, Alfonso; and what I've noticed is how joe-public treats you differently on dress down style compared to when I'm out for lunch or clothes shopping where you done your weekend style (the navy blue suit jacket with jeans or a brown heeled boot). 

Very minor differences but different nonetheless - I'm talking no door being held open for me, no smiling faces or "good mornings" to me.  Traffic doesn't slow down to let me cross the road or I hear mothers say to their children "mind that woman" and not 'lady' as I'm often referred to when I am dressed up, which by the way makes me feel really old! When that happens I always do "I'm not a lady!" using David Walliams Little Britian's voice in my head (well hopefully not out loud).

So all I'm saying ladies is; feel free to join me on my 'Helena Bonham Carter' street style this January - it's time to have some time off!  

And when you see someone walking fast-paced trying to dodge prams, kids on bikes or the old biddy who walks far too slow; that's wearing nothing that matches or looks anything but not 'in fashion'  Don't judge that chick! ... She's probably full-time employed with a daily commute, a wife, dog-owner, part-time blogger and when she gets the luxury of free time just wants to play with her friends. 

If you fancy investing in this look, here are a couple of things you'll need!


Big and baggy only allowed:
Fat Face
Hutton Textured Coatigan
£65







M&S
Basic leggings
Start from as little as £4!








And not forgetting the bobble hat!
River Island
£15

















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Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year to all my fabulous readers!

I'm personally feeling very positive about 2017, last year was such an awful 12 months I am pleased to see the back of it altogether.  I've started writing this post on the eve of returning to work, I've not been there since the 22nd December and all day long I've felt like I've not "done my homework" kind of feeling as if I'm returning to school, my husband laughed when I said it but followed it up with a "I know what you mean".

I've chosen not to do New Year resolutions this year, I'm starting to think they are pointless. New Year I think is a great way of drawing a line under things and moving on, and so this year I've chosen to go with a word - WELLBEING.  Yes 2017 is all about ME.  I've never had a year like that before and I'm thinking now is the right time.  So everything I do, I'm going to check that it is right for my own wellbeing, and if it's not then I shall challenge depending on the context.

Now for those of you who have already given up on your New Year resolutions, congratulations! Everyone is going to get to this point sooner or later, and so let's look at it as if you are first across the line.  

It's been a while since I blogged so I thought I would give you an insight into what's going on at the moment and some fashion events that are coming up early side of this year that you might want to get into your diary!


What I am reading...

Well I got a couple of books for Christmas that have been lingering on my Amazon wish list, and so I was super pleased that they headed my way.

First up is Inside Vogue: A Diary Of My 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman (Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue)

Last year I wrote about Vogue celebrating 100 years, remember the lady called Bo?  Well Alexandra has wrote a diary that details her daily events in planning the numerous events leading up to this; alongside her attending fashion week in New York, London, Paris and Milan - for fashion fans and those who want to get a glimpse of the behind the scenes of the the most iconic magazine for women, it's just fabulous. I've struggled to put it down, in fact I've got a bit grumpy when I've had to, to be social over the festive week!





The other isn't really a "reading" book - it's more of a collection of images of Victoria Beckham's clothing range since becoming a designer.  Victoria Beckham: Style Power by David Foy is a great coffee table style book for that flicking through kind of thing, I have to confess I thought there would have been more content around it all.  As much as I love VB, I really can't recommend it.






Upcoming Fashion Events...



Well let's start with Diana!!  Kensington Palace are pulling together HER FASHION STORY and it starts 24th February, no end date that I can see and admission is included in the price of the normal ticket.

Check out more details here.







From 25th March to 22nd October it seems Vogue is teaming up with Chatsworth House to bring five centuries of fashion - the exhibition called House Style primarily sponsored by Gucci.  It looks very exciting and again the exhibition is included in the price of the standard ticket - read more about it here.








No details yet available on the V&A website, however from May there will be an exhibition called Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion - this exhibition will mark 80 years since the Spanish fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga, opened his store in Paris and will feature over 100 of his most glamorous and innovative couture pieces.  So look out for that on the V&A website.




The Glamour Beauty Festival 2017for those of you who are more into beauty rather than fashion, then Glamour magazine are holding a beauty festival 11th and 12th March at the Saatchi Gallery on King's Road, tickets seem to vary in price but they start around £42, more details here.   








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Monday, 5 December 2016

Brunch with Lizzi

And so this Sunday morning I met Mel Wall for brunch in her home town of St Albans, and for a lady in her forties she is a busy bee as a working mum, singer and stylist of Styled By Mel.

Here's what she had to say!



What's a typical day in the life of Mel?

Let's see, I get up 6.45am to make tea for myself and my partner plus breakfast for my eleven year old son. Then I usually head out around 8am for the school run and get to work for 9am; work for me is PA to the CEO of a marketing agency in the grounds of Hatfield House. Lunchtime is usually the daily grocery run but I occasionally meet a friend for coffee.  As soon as I get home from work the bra is off!! (She says with a big grin and a little laugh) & I then get changed into the baggies! Then it's dinner by 8.30, usually cooked by other half, followed by a bit of telly; we love Gogglebox, Ripper Street, Humans, Planet Earth and of course, Strictly!

You're a PA, a stylist and a singer - how do you juggle it all?

I always wanted to be a singer and was lucky enough to be asked to join a band in my early twenties and I've been singing ever since! My band is called MacLaren Wall which I've always said sounds a bit like a firm of Accountants, but that's been our name for the last twenty years. We're well known around St Albans and usually gig once a month.  Singing makes me very happy -  it "feeds my soul".  I like to say it's like going to the best party ever as my family and friends are usually in the audience along with the usual 'groupies'.

My PA role is very varied to say the least! Mel goes on to clarify that she really is a "personal" assistant and not your typical just managing the diary kind of PA.  I've been given a varied range of tasks which have included spraying a toilet seat gold for an award ceremony, flying to Florida to look after a directors child for a week, to dressing up as a breakfast bowl and singing for client (breakfast cereal related btw). The bowl was massive and I had trouble getting through the door and so had to bend over double (oh the glamour) and then start singing! 

And as for the Styling, this is saved for the occasional Wednesday (my day off each week) and weekends. I do colour analysis, wardrobe weeding and personal shopping. 

Out of all the jobs you do - which is your favourite 'hat' to wear? 

The mum hat. My son is always my priority and I love spending quality time with him - he's great company and very funny.


What's the best part about being a stylist?

Watching a client looking into the mirror and saying "OMG I look amazing. I'd never dream of choosing this outfit".  I will always have one moment with each client when I get goose-bumps and or a little teary and that for me has to be the most rewarding part of the job.

You're Mum to Tom, do you give him style tips or him to you?

Both (with a little giggle again) - So he'll sometimes come down the stars and ask if what he's wearing looks OK?  And sometimes he will look at me and go "I'm not going into town with you dressed like that", the last time I remember him saying that was when I had my black & silver, embroidered bomber jacket on! But most of the time he's actually quite complimentary (big grin whilst saying that)

What kind of Mother-in-law do you think you will be?

Let's see, a shopping & wine drinking companion would be good! I don't want to be a nagging/annoying one, that's for sure!

As a mum, is it important to stay stylish?

As a mum it's important not to lose your own identity and if that's staying stylish then that is important. Being a mum can affect you in different ways, but staying true to yourself is the best.

What advice have you got for mums who are struggling with the know-how to look good?

Ha! Give me a call and I will help you! Failing that, spend time flicking through magazines or perhaps try Pinterest - both are great ways to get an idea of what you want to wear.  Once inspired by these you can then decide what you need to buy. Consider key pieces as you don't need a whole new wardrobe, just focus on a few things and get them right.

If money is a little tight put the effort into wearing some make-up & accessories - mascara and a bit of lippy go a long way and a really good scarf is a great way to bring an outfit together.


How do you relax?

With a glass of wine and I like to write my blog.

What's the best thing going on in your life right now?

I love getting ready for Christmas.  I'm also excited because I'm preparing for an audition in January at our local Abbey Theatre for a musical taking place in June, wish me luck!

Who's your style icon?

Audrey Hepburn and Victoria Beckham

What's your beauty regime?

Cleanse, tone and moisturise - twice a day! Been doing this since my early teens.


What's your favourite beauty product?

Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser by REN. I used to have really spotty skin but this has helped immensely.

What's the best thing you own in your wardrobe?

My new silver boots or my 7 For All Mankind jeans were also a favourite but they don't fit me anymore. I won't be losing weight to fit into them though as I like the shape I am -  I'll just need to invest in a new pair or add them to my Christmas list. Nudge nudge wink wink.

What book are you currently reading?

I've just finished this brilliant book called Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Are you a book fan or kindle?

Always a book, I don't actually own a Kindle

What book should every woman read and why?

Going Gently by David Nobbs, I love everything about it, it's touching and very funny.

If you can only buy one magazine a month - which one?

Hello Fashion, although I used to love Easy Living, but sadly it's no longer published.

What three things should every professional woman must own?
  • A good dress
  • A good phone
  • A great pair of shoes

What three things do you always take on holiday?
  • Coconut oil, great for removing eye make-up remover and for looking after sunburn
  • A book
  • And my favourite Clark silver sandals that look "Birkenstock-esq"

Handbags - Big shopper, cross-over or clutch?

I would say a mix between big shopper and cross-over; I need to keep my hands free - I'm a busy mum and it's also ideal for when I'm personal shopping with clients.


High heels or trainers?

Trainers

What's your favourite app right now?

PicTapGo - it's got great filters which I use for some of my Instagram pictures

What's your favourite indulgence?

Shopping, Dining out and Perfume  - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle





And so brunch was at a new coffee shop called Gail's in the centre of St Albans, and we munched on almond croissants and fruity scones with lattes - delish!







Friday, 28 October 2016

St Albans Fashion Week: Catherdral Catwalk Show

I can't believe that a year has gone by and we are back at St Albans Fashion Week.  The week started with Kim Miller and her style talk with LK Bennett.  Last night Carol and I attended the first of two shows at the Cathedral - front row of course! And my week will end with Mel on Sunday watching The first Monday in May, a fashion film at The Odyssey.



The Cathedral never fails to impress, it has to be one of the most glamorous venues to hold an event like this.  What I love is how the church people and the fashion people all mix in together to create an unforgettable night., plus volunteers from St Albans and the surrounding areas give up their time, to showcase a fun and fashionable event - an excellent way to get community spirit and help local businesses. I'd love to see more towns and cities across the UK doing stuff like this.



The catwalk enticed us with fashion labels of Red Velvet, Essie and Betsy, Twisted Fabric, RareONE, Prom Sisters and much more.  I've chosen to stick with regular HIgh Street labels for the content of this post, giving you a chance to shop locally should you see anything you love. Key trends they focused on for Autumn/Winter 2016 was Tartan, Check & Plaid, Military and finally Velvet, Fur and Luxe.


































And until next year...





Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Kim Miller Talks Style with LK Bennett London

Last night I attended an event held by LK Bennett London for St Albans Fashion Week in collaboration with Kim Miller Styles.

Kim opened the event by giving a talk about styling and colour choices for your wardrobe and the value you can get out of it.  With over twenty-five years’ experience, she gave the audience an insight into some useful tips that they could easily adopt just by spending a little time on their wardrobe.


Kim Miller opening the LK Bennett event
Kim Miller talking about Colour Analysis
Model demonstrating how colours can or cannot
suit you - these do and she is an Autumn! 

Let’s be honest, we all have things “hiding” away from sight, that we’ve forgotten about or saving for best – but if you don’t use it, was it really worth the investment? One of my very first blog posts was about this subject, and so for a trip down memory lane, click here to have another read (circa Nov 2011)!

The LK Bennett woman is likely to be the well-travelled professional and with that you need a capsule wardrobe that works hard for you.  With only two minutes to make an impression, because people look and then make an opinion – it can be hard to change these views once it’s made.  So what you wear, every day, can make a real impact on your career opportunities.

The theme of the night was 15 key items into 50 potential outfits – whilst we didn’t see every single possibility, it soon became clear that by having a good basis of neutrals with one to two colours, mixing textures, shoes, bags  and accessories – you soon could do a lot with very little.

 
Model showing off the Andra Black Trousers and
the gorgeous Lorde Smoke over the knee Suede Boots

 
I loved this long cardigan, ideal for the current weather where its not quite cold
enough for the heavy winter coat - great for travelling in too.
Sorry Ladies I can't find it on the website, so ask in store if your interested

This Saskia Deep Rose Dress is perfect for business day or dress it up for a night out.
Stitched perfectly to shape your body and with those sleeves ending at the elbow
it covers up and enhances the length of your legs. Also available in green


To see the full range of this seasons clothes by LK Bennett London, click here.


Some top tips for Kim!

  1. Nail your style – Use social media like Pinterest for ideas and you’ll start to see a theme of what you like. 
  2. Add colour – balance your outfits by mix & matching. Try to wear three colours in every outfit to add interest
  3. Think outfits – organise your wardrobe so can access all components like jewellery, scarves etc – take photos to remind yourself of outfits to help you select quickly
  4. High-low balance – think about where you really should be spending the money, Kim used an example of a dress for a wedding, why spend a lot if you will never wear it again?!
  5. Savvy with your cash – Think about the cost per wear, only buy what’s needed for your wardrobe by creating lists.  Will it go with at least three items already in your wardrobe?
  6. For the Love & Joy - just OK is a big fat NO! – This has to be my favourite tip that everyone can adopt from NOW! Stop wearing what’s ok, if you don’t love it, if you don’t get joy from it – STOP!